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Who, much diseas'd, yet nothing feel ;
Muçh menac'd, nothing dread ; Have wounds, which only God can heal,
Yet never ask his aid?
Who deem his house a useless place,
Faith, want of common sense ; And ardour in the Christian race,
A hypocrite's pretence ?
Who trample order; and the day,
Which God asserts his own, Dishonour with unhallow'd play,
And worship chance alone ?
If scorn of God's commands, impress'd
On word and deed, imply
With life that canuoi die :
Such want it, and that want, uncur'd
Till man resigns his breath, Speaks hiin a criminal, assur'd
Oi everlasting death.
Sad period to a pleasant course!
Yet so will God repay
And mercy cast away,
THE TOMB OF MR. HAMILTON.
PAUSE here, and think: a monitory rhime
Consult life's silent clock, thy bounding vein ;
EPITAPH ON A HARE.
HERE lies, whom hound did ne'er pursue,
Nor swifter greyhound follow,
Nor ear heard huntsman's hallo'.
Who, nurs’d with tender care, And to domestick bounds confin'd,
Was still a wild Jack-hare. Though duly from my hand he took
His pittance ev'ry night, He did it with a jealous look,
And, when he could, would bite. His diet was of wheaten bread,
And milk, and oats, and straw; Thistles, or lettuces instead,
With sand to scour his maw.
On pippins' russet peel,
Slic'd carrot pleas'd him well.
Whereon he lov'd to bound, To skip and gambol like a fawn,
And swing his rump around.
For then he lost his fear,
Or when a storm drew near.
Eight years and five round-rolling moon's
He thus saw steal away,
And ev'ry night at play.
For he would oft beguile
And force me to a smile.
He finds his long last home,
Till gentler Puss shall come.
From which no care can save,
Must soon partake his grave.
Hic etiam jacet,
Et moriar ego.
The following Account of the Treatment of his
Hares was inserted by Mr. Cowper in the Gentleman's Magazine, whence it is transcribed.
IN the year 1774, being much indisposed both in mind and body, incapable of diverting myself either with company or books, and yet in a condition that made some diversion necessary. I was glad of any thing that would engage my attention without fatiguing it. The children of a neighbour of mine had a leveret given them for a plaything; it was at that time about three months old. Understanding better how to tease the poor creature than to feed it, and soon becoming weary of their charge, they readily consented that their father, who saw it pining and growing leaner every day, should offer it to my acceptance. I was willing enough to take the prisoner under my protection, perceiving that, in the management of such an animal, and in the attempt to tame it, I should find just that sort of employment which my case required. It was soon known among the neighbours that I was pleased with the present : and the consequence was, that in a short time I had as many leverets offered to me as would have stocked a paddock. I undertook the care of three, which it is necessary that I should here distinguish by the names I gave them-Puss, Tiney, and Bess. Note withstanding the two feminine appellatives, I must